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Chapman’s Zebra

Chapman's Zebra
South Africa

Chapman’s Zebra

About

Chapman’s zebra is a subspecies of the plains zebra. They, like their relatives, are native to the savannah of north-east South Africa, north to Zimbabwe, west into Botswana, the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, and southern Angola.

Fun Facts
  • A zebra’s stripy coat is thought to disperse more than 70 per cent of incoming heat, preventing the animal from overheating in the African sun.
  • It’s thought that a zebra’s stripes serve to help camouflage the animal in long grass, and distract predators. Recent research also shows that a zebra’s stripes may have evolved to keep biting insects at bay – the monochrome pattern seems to throw off the visual systems of flies.
  • A zebra’s stripes act like an equine fingerprint – each individual’s pattern is unique. Foals recognize their mothers by the pattern of their stripes, as well as by scent and call.
Conservation

Lowest risk; does not qualify for a higher risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.